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  • Researchers from partnering institutions developed an updated checklist of all 890 tree species native to the contiguous U.S., and a replicable assessment data sharing process to guide future updates. The authors report that approximately 11-16% of tree species in the U.S. are threatened with extinction, with the greatest threats being invasive pests and diseases.
  • With the world currently facing an unprecedented rate of extinction, SAS has joined forces with NatureServe, an organization focused on protecting biodiversity, to use analytics and AI to measure the degree of imperilment for plants and animals. These assessments are a costly and highly manual process. With SAS, NatureServe will be able to make its assessments more automated and reliable while gaining significant efficiencies and cost savings to the complex task of analyzing over 7 million known species of plants and animals on the Earth.
  • During this short interview, Dr. Sean O’Brien, President & CEO at NatureServe, and Dr. Carlos Zambrana-Torrelio, Associated Vice President for Conservation at EcoHealth Alliance, discuss the intersection between biodiversity decline, the destruction of our natural world, and virus outbreaks like the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Imagine a database of 100,000 records of plants, animals, and ecosystems, constantly being reviewed and updated by a network of more than 1,000 natural heritage experts—now imagine having that information available at your fingertips!
  • NatureServe, creators of the Americas Biodiversity Observation Network (Americas-BON), together with their partners at the Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (MBON) announce today their intention to participate in the call from the international conservation community and jointly apply to become the next host of the Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON) Secretariat.
  • Conservation organizations are using location technology to better understand and help protect the world’s most vulnerable species and habitats. Hear Sean O’ Brien, NatureServe president and CEO, discuss the importance and abundance of data and analytics in driving decision-making in large-scale conservation efforts in this Esri Podcast.
  • NatureServe’s Chief Scientist, Dr. Healy Hamilton, was honored this week with the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Conservation Leadership Award for her instrumental leadership illustrating the conservation value of forest lands. Dr. Hamilton was presented with the award at SFI’s annual conference, which was aptly titled “Forests of Opportunity.”
  • GEO BON announced the establishment of a new partnership between 200+ organizations in 23 countries across North, Central, and South America and the Caribbean. NatureServe, already a premiere BON member, will coordinate the new Americas Biodiversity Observation Network.
  • NatureServe unveiled landmark new tool, the Map of Biodiversity Importance, in front of thousands of people at the Esri User Conference in San Diego, CA. This high-resolution map is the first of its kind, bringing together machine learning, expert scientists, and decades of biodiversity data from our Network to create a guide to where our nation's most imperiled species exist, and where conservation action is needed most.